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Prosecutors indicted Kobe Steel Ltd. on Thursday on suspicion the firm violated a law that prevents unfair competition by fabricating data related to the quality of its products.

But they exempted four plant officials from prosecution, with investigative sources saying the officials were not fully aware of the violations when they altered data on product strength and other details, as the extent to which the steel-maker had continued the fabrication led to it being seen as customary.

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